Applications for 2021 MEXT Japanese Government Scholarships Now Open!



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The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) of the Japanese Government offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities. To date, some 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship programme established in 1954. 

Warning: In some countries there are fraudulent organisations that offer to help students apply for these Japanese Government scholarships in return for a deposit. The only way to apply for a Japanese Government scholarships is through the Embassy or consular office of Japan in your home country, or through a participating Japanese university. You will not be asked to pay a deposit to apply for the scholarships.

There are three types of scholarships under the Japanese Government Scholarship programme offered to New Zealand citizens in New Zealand.

  1. Research students (Open)
  2. Undergraduate students (Open)
  3. Japanese studies students (Closed)

For further Information, please refer to the Study in Japan Comprehensive Guide別ウィンドウで開く.

1. Research students

2021 applications are now open. Please find guidelines and forms here.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be under 35 years of age. Each applicant must have an undergraduate degree or the same or a higher level of academic ability than a university or college graduate.
Schedule of the 2021 Research Students
May 2020 Applications open
14 August 2020 Applications close
28 August 2020 Examination
4 September 2020 Interviews
September 2020 Primary Screening
February-March 2021 Secondary Screening
June 2021 Notification of Acceptance
September-October 2021 Arrival in Japan


2. Undergraduate students

2021 applications are now open. Please find guidlines and forms here.

Applicants must be New Zealand citizens and must be between 17 and 25 years of age and have completed 12 year of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).
Schedule of the 2021 Undergraduate students
May 2020 Applications open
14 August 2020 Applications close
28 August 2020 Examination
4 September 2020 Interviews
October 2020 Primary Screening
December 2020 Second Screening
January 2021 Notification of Acceptance
April 2021 Arrival in Japan


3. Japanese studies students

2020 applications are now closed. The information below is for reference only. 2021 Applications will open in January 2021.

Applicants must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and they must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries.
Schedule of 2020 Japanese Studies Students
December 2019 Applications open
13 February 2020 Applications close
9 March 2020 Examination/Interviews
Late March 2020 First Screening Notification
June 2020 Final Screening Notification
July/August 2020 Placement Notification/Orientation
September/October 2020 Depart for Japan

Past Examination Samples

Please see the following website for samples of past examinations: Study in Japan For Japanese Studies students exams have not been displayed so please see the Japanese exams for Research Scholarships as they are equivalent.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Consulate-General of Japan ( Auckland)
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street, PO Box 3959, Auckland 1140
Tel: 09-303 4106 E-mail:info-cul(AT)

Japan Information and Cultural Centre (Wellington) 04-495 8332 Jicc(AT)

Consular Office of Japan (Christchurch) 03-366 5680 cultural.chc(AT)

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